Ensete ventricosum ‘Maurelii’

Purple Abyssinian Banana


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Eventual Plant Size


Ensete ventricosum ‘Maurelii’ is a fast growing, very jungly plant also known as the Red Abyssinian banana. Though not hardy it can be grown outside duriing the summer months either planted out or in a large container.

Often growing to over 1.50 metres tall in a single summer ‘Maurelii’ creates a stunning show with it’s brightly coloured paddle shaped leaves.

Best brought inside for the winter or dug up and cut back hard and kept in a cool glasshouse. Also makes a beautiful conservatory or house plant.

  • Position:Full sun.
  • Soil:Moist, well-drained soil.
  • Eventual Size:Up to 5 metres.
  • Habit:Upright.
  • Foliage:Evergreen herbaceous perennial.
  • Common Names:Purple Abyssinian Banana.
  • Other names:¬†Ensete ventricosum 'Rubrum', Ensete 'Maurelii', Ethiopian black banana
  • Hardiness:Tolerant of low temperatures, but not surviving being frozen (1 to 5)


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